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Padma Nadir Majhi
পদ্মা নদীর মাঝি

DVD cover for Padma Nadir Majhi.
Directed by Goutom Ghosh
Produced by West Bengal Film Development Corporation
Written by Manik Bandopadhay
Goutom Ghosh
Starring Raisul Islam Asad
Utpal Dutt
Rupa Gangooly
Robi Ghosh
Humayun Faridi
Music by Goutom Ghosh
Alauddin Ali
Cinematography Goutom Ghosh
Editing by Moloy Banerjee
Distributed by NFDC
Release date(s)  India 16 May 1993
Running time 126 minutes
Country  India
Language Bengali

Padma Nadir Majhi ( Bengali: পদ্মা নদীর মাঝি,English title: Boatman of the River Padma or The Padma Boatman ) (1993) is an award-winning Indian Bengali feature film directed by Goutom Ghosh from novel,the same name Manik Banerjees Padma Nadir Majhi.



Hossian Miya and Aminuddin
Kubir and Kapila

Hossian Miya (Utpal Dutta),Bengali Muslim, a trader who offers to take this community to with an idealistic vision: he wants to establish a little utopia on an island (Moynadeep) in the Padma delta . and offer them a better life there. It is apparent that Hossian Miya has a flourishing business there, because he has recently purchased a huge boat because of expanding business.He doesn't care if the people who populate it are Hindu or Muslim. It is 1947, just before the partition of India, and the Hindu fisherman Kuber briefly accepts an offer by Hossain to ferry some of the community's cargo from the island. He would be fishing, except that all the fish he usually catches have been driven away by a big storm. In the process of getting the cargo, he gets to see what the colony is like and, even though he is fully aware of the gripes of a former colony member and the limitations of it, comes to share some of the utopian vision. When he returns to his home and a variety of unfortunate events make it in his best interest to leave, he knows just where to go.However, people who return from Moynadeep after working there has a different tale to narrate. Rasu (Sunil Mukherjee) and Aminuddin (Robi Ghosh) say that Moynadeep is infested with lions and tigers, and there is forest all around. Rasu has fled from Moynadeep deserting his wife and children there. Aminuddin, too, refuses to go back to Moynadeep again.Kubir has a wife and daughter and also recently blessed with a child. His wife is beset with a leg deformity, and his daughter is grown up and engaged to a local man. Kubir goes to pay a visit to his relatives from his wife's side. On return, he brings along his sister-in-law Kapila (Roopa Ganguly) along with a ton of small kids. Kapila was married, but is now estranged from her husband.A sneaky amorous relationship develops between Kubir and Kapila. Staying with a deformed wife and coupled with amorous gestures from his alluring sister-in-law Kubir succumbs to her wishes of passion play. However, Kapila's husband re-appears and takes her away with him.Suddenly one day a storm rises in the Padma River. And leaves behind a trail of destruction. Kubir tells his wife "Padda amago joto daay abar totoi loy " (It is true Padda gives us a lot, but in return it also takes a lot from us). Storm wreaks havoc in the village. Hussian Miya offers to lend a helping hand to the villagers. He does so, but in return he takes their thumb impression as proof of his help so that he can use it later to exploit them.Meanwhile Kubir's daughter's marriage breaks down. Rasu proposes to marry her. Even though Rasu was close to Kubir, he refuses to accept the match because of the age difference between them. Rasu becomes furious and threatens to ruin Kubir.He succeeds in his endeavor. Kubir is fabricated in a theft case, and police is now trying to nab him. He flees, and go to Hussain Miya for help. Hossain Miya tells he can absolve him of the theft charge, but in return Kubir must go to Moynadeep. Kubir agrees to the offer.Kubir goes to Moynadeep. A new life unfolds for him there. These concluding sequences from the film adds up to a compelling climax.




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